Longtime educators retiring

TORONTO – The retirement of two longtime educators was discussed during Thursday’s city school board meeting.

Patti Quinn, principal of Karaffa Elementary School, and Linda Matta, elementary school educator, both announced their retirements at the end of the present school year, according to Fred Burns, city school district superintendent.

“(Quinn) is retiring at the end of this school year,” said Burns, adding she has served the district for 23 years. “She’s had 25 years total as an educator. In Toronto, she’s been a principal at three buildings – (the former) Lincoln Elementary and S.C. Dennis schools and Karaffa Elementary School.”

Burns said board members thanked Quinn for her years of service and wished her well on her retirement.

“(Matta) has been teaching in the district for 26 years.”

Burns commended both and thanked them for their service.

In other matters, some elementary pupils demonstrated their Flat Stanley projects to the board members. Flat Stanley is a character in a book.

“This was part of … Success for All, our reading program. (Pupils) read journal entries about Flat Stanley under the guidance of their teacher Jennifer Gillis. They used their creativity to make a house and clothes for Flat Stanley,” Burns said.

In other business:

Burns read a letter from Toronto High School graduate Richard Symons, Class of 1967, on his years as a basketball player.

“He thanked the school about the camaraderie between players, the coaches and his schoolmates. He still holds the school record for the most points scored in a basketball game – 57 points,” Burns said.

The high school basketball team recently held its final game at the school, as next school year the basketball court will be in the district’s new building to house grades sixth through 12th.

The board honored seventh-grader Nathan Keenan, the 2013 Jefferson County Spelling Bee winner. His parents, Jim and Janine Keenan, also were at the meeting.

The board approved switching the district’s comprehensive insurance plan to McBane Insurance Co. of Bergholz and Steubenville.

“The district saved a little more than $9,000 for the remainder of the school year by switching,” Burns said.

The next regular school board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on April 18 at the Karaffa Elementary School library, 1307 Dennis Way.